Choiseul Crested Pigeons

Choiseul Crested Pigeon
(Columbidae - Please see also Doves)

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The Choiseul Crested Pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is a presumedly extinct pigeon which was only known on the Solomon island of Choiseul in the Pacific.


Description

This species had a length of approximately 30 cm, which resembles the size of a chicken. On the top of the head was a dark bluish crest similar to the Crowned Pigeons of Papua New Guinea. The forehead and the front of the face were black, the rest of the head was sparsely pinnate with a reddish hue. The mntle and breast had a dark bluish color with a brown tinch on the lower back. The wings and the rump were olive brown. The tail was dark brown with a purple hue. The abdomen had a chestnut colored tone. The upper side of the bill was black, the lower side red. The legs were purplish red.



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